Kathleen holds a drama degree from Queen’s University (1991), and she is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing program (1993). She has studied improvisation and theatrical clown/physical theatre with world-renowned instructors including John Turner and Mike Kennard (Mump& Smoot), Keith Johnstone, Philippe Gaulier, Karen Hines, and Francine Cote. Kathleen also sings and plays the ukulele, is a seasoned dancer of swing/Lindy hop, and is embarking on creative explorations of textiles and yarn!
After 15 years working as a director, producer, teacher and actor in theatre and in television, Kathleen discovered new meaningful applications of her talents in the world of health-care. In 2001 Kathleen joined the therapeutic clown program at Sick Kids Hospital where she worked for 10 years interacting playfully with children to help them cope with illness and hospitalization. Since then she has received specialized training (including the Alzheimer’s Society and Memory Bridge) to adapt her work for adults and seniors living with Dementia. Kathleen now specializes in building bridges of love, warmth, humour and lightness with people of all ages in care settings around Toronto.
Kathleen is delighted to be bringing her creative talents and teaching expertise to the Dotsa Bitove Academy, where co-creation, playfulness and community-building are at the heart of its approach to education and care.